College Track Postsecondary Outcomes: Benchmarking the Performance of the 9th Grade Cohort of 2009

Research Brief
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica
Jul 19, 2019
Authors
Naihobe Gonzalez and Charles Tilley

Key Findings:

  • College Track completers were more likely than similar students to apply to multiple colleges.
  • College Track completers enrolled in college at higher rates than similar students, and were much more likely to enroll in four-year colleges specifically.
  • Persistence in college was similar among students who enrolled in college, although College Track uses a stricter and more rigorous definition of persistence.

This brief benchmarks the postsecondary outcomes of students in College Track, a comprehensive college preparation program for students from underserved communities. College Track and Mathematica have partnered to conduct a rigorous experimental evaluation of the program, but results will not be available for several years. In the meantime, Mathematica analyzed existing data to benchmark the postsecondary outcomes of College Track students in the 9th grade cohort of 2009 relative to other students in the same cohort with similar backgrounds. Compared to similar students, were students served by College Track more likely to apply to, enroll in, or persist in college?